Flying with a baby or a toddler seems like a daunting challenge for every parent. With not enough space to roll around or play often makes children cranky and in turn creates a stressful environment for the family as well as fellow travellers.
The idea of giving toddlers a dedicated space that is warm, inviting and meets all their demands seemed like a distant reality until FlyEliteJets, a private jet company, teamed up with interior designer Jenny Allan Design to create the “World’s first, flying nursery”.
The pandemic has increased the demand for flights catering to safety of families especially children across both commercial and private charters. Unfortunately, even the best charter planes are not fully equipped to cater to this demand as yet.
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The whole idea of a nursery in the sky sounds surreal. Christopher Williams-Martin, CEO FlyEliteJets and a parent of two himself, realised the need to provide a safe space for families with children to relax and unwind. More so for nursing mothers who find it extremely difficult to feed their babies onboard and for young children to enjoy a space of their own.
And like every parent, Christopher, having flown with his own children and his client’s children knew how the concept of a flying nursery would be welcomed by parents alike.
With the need for such services being needed for longer duration flights Christopher personally sought a designer to revamp the ultra-long rage jets and VVIP airliners which generally fly transcontinental. The redesigned space provides for a comfortable and safe environment for families with kids.
Jenny Allan, Founder of Jenny Allan Design gauged on the opportunity and created a revolutionary jet interior, something that will come as a unique experience for families flying in a private jet with children.
He said, “In this Gulfstream G650 we added a starlit ceiling to create a wonderful sense of atmosphere in the cabin, ideal for bedtime reading. For more fun and whimsical details, we included embossed teddy motives on the seat headrests, a wigwam with cloud cushions that can easily be folded away during take-off and landing as well as a mini rocking horse and shelves for children’s toys and books. It was also really important that the space appealed to mums and dads, so we opted for a calming, tranquil, neutral décor rather than too many bold or bright colours that jar the senses.”
The jets have been carefully designed keeping aesthetics and comfort in mind. It comes with a sofa that can be converted into a double-bed to save space, gaming consoles and three televisions. Further aesthetics include sycamore veneer doors with brass inlays and fabric padded bulkheads.
The Flying Nursery has been designed to make the most of the underutilised areas of the jet. The nursery goes into the aft cabin of jets with parents and nannies having a direct access to the rear WC and baggage hold. The space becomes an onboard haven for children and parents alike with facilities to eat, sleep, play, relax and refresh.
Christopher Williams Martin added,“I was immediately taken by Jenny’s work which is cosmopolitan yet will have universal appeal with its inviting colour schemes and functional design. We needed a designer who could visualise the brief, was approachable and engaging and discreet. Jenny is all of the above and a genuine gifted talent with the accolade of designer of the year.”
With holding sky as the limit, Christopher and Jenny aim to provide a unique offering at every step of the way.
The Flying nursery also comes as an interesting idea for commercial airlines to follow. How about reimagining a dedicated area, just like the business class onboard lounge, to be converted into a nursery area for kids, for a start. After all children must experience the joy of flying with their parents in the comfort of their own space. ◼
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© This article was first published online in July 2020 – World Travel Magazine.